A palace on wheels

Fourth summer starting in the mill and things are moving faster than ever, but also failures/problems keep the feet on the ground, a good thing.
So the low points.. bad garlic harvest, due to little winter/spring rain but also mice that seem not to mind the spice.

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Mice this year are turning out to be a real menace for our efforts… after eating much of freshly planted seedlings, both in the food forest and garden, they now ravish the unripe tomatoes !!! Turns out a mild winter helps them grow in huge numbers… We tried some home made non-chem bait, based on flour, but I m not sure we are getting anywhere with that..

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having said that, the garden is resilient and gives already a lot of food, mainly cucumbers at the moment as it s still early for the rest. Earlier in the month we finished the last plantings and now it s all about the harvest and preservation.

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So now for the big news ! A big step forward that was taken last month was getting our first chicken. Maro and her 8 pitsonia (local dialect for chicks) became part of the family in late May. First they stayed a few days in the workshop,

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then moved in temporarily in a favela coop next to Loop s place

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and finally after 10 days of creative ideas and good handy work

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Maro and the babies got their palace on wheels, with royal courts for their daytime entertainment.

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At the same time but not finished yet there s another big project going on, reshaping the back of the house to provide support to the canal, make a passage from nurseries to workshop, but also… make landing space for a climbing wall to be mounted on the wall of the house. More on this next month!

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we made a new herb garden,

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baked enough dry bread for the rest of the summer

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added another good set of logs for further building

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and build a new improved and good to last this time ping pong table!

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Until next month, a couple of sites we don’t get to see that often like an aloe vera flower and ginger and curcuma plants !

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